Tom Buis, National Farmers Union president, has announced he will resign his post to serve as chief executive officer of Growth Energy. The resignation is effective March 15. Buis has served the NFU since March 1998 and was elected NFU president in 2006 and again in 2008. His successor will be chosen by Farmers Union delegates at the group’s national convention March 8-10 in Washington, D.C.

"Representing America's family farmers, ranchers and rural citizens has been a privilege and an honor," Buis said. "I've had the opportunity to meet farmers from all corners of the country and am continually impressed with their optimism, hard work and dedication to feeding, and now fueling, our nation."

Under Buis's leadership, NFU participated in preparation of the 2008 Farm Bill and advocated the implementation of mandatory country-of-origin labeling. "It was not an easy decision, but I am excited to take on this new challenge and continue advocating for our nation's family farmers and ranchers," Buis said. "The production of renewable energy from our farms is the greatest economic opportunity for rural America that I've seen in my lifetime.

Source: National Farmers Union